High rates of high blood pressure persist in US Southeast

December 27, 2013 4:41 PM

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High rates of high blood pressure persist in US Southeast

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - One third of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, but in the southeastern part of the country the rate is well over half, according to a new study that finds too little is being done to reverse the problem.

The Southeast has been called the Stroke Belt because of well-known high rates of cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure. But that knowledge has not led to changes, nor to a full understanding of the reasons for the population's high risk, the study team reports.

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